Should attorneys be required to provide a portion of their legal services to the poor?

  • Yes, I think they should

    I think if they had to do some kind of serve for the poor it would be great. I know that public service is common for many doctors,but if they are required to service at least a little bit, it would be a great help to the common good of man.

  • All business should be consensual

    People talk about the importance of consent when it is important to them, and then topics like this come up where they seem to feel there is no need for it. Why would you force someone to do business with people against their will?

    Now, if you wanted to argue for a certain amount of government support for legal advice, then I may be swayed. But no one should be forced to work for free unless they choose to. More power to legal professionals that are that giving and loving, but mandating it kind of takes the charity out of it. You end up with people doing a half assed job because they are being forced to work for nothing, as opposed to choosing to do it for moral reasons.

    This kind of thing breaks the backbone of society, and gets people disenfranchised with charity. No one owes you anything. Be thankful when people go out of their way to help you, as opposed to acting like you are entitled to their time and effort.

  • Free Market Economy

    Attorneys shouldn't be required to provide a portion of their legal services to the poor. There are organizations that already do such things, although more and more poor people could probably use a good lawyer if they get in trouble. Single mothers probably need lawyers most of all since they may have trouble with deadbeat dads who don't want to own up to their child support obligations.

  • We are not slaves.

    No, attorneys should not be required to provide a portion of their legal services to the poor, any more than anyone else should be required to give their services to the poor. Should a custodian be forced to clean the houses of the poor who cannot afford cleaning supplies? Should an electrician have to do 200 hours of electrical work in poor houses? We are not slaves to each other or the government. The attorney should decide for him or herself.

  • No, I don't think attorneys should be required to provide a portion of their legal services to the poor.

    Overall to an attorney their time is very valuable so requiring them to spend a porition of their time and services to the poor is something that would have a negative effect on them, we already have a large number of attorneys dedicated solely to helping the poor with free or low cost legal help.

  • No, this redistribution could harm the legal market.

    Legal practice in today's society is increasingly complicated. Furthermore, the current glut of legal graduates is gradually driving down wages and forcing many firms to reconsider their practice. Requiring legal firms to then dedicate a portion of their practice to non-revenue streams could implicate further troubles for a legal market that is already struggling. Also, it could be argued that the resources of the private sector are better distributed by the free market. Providing legal services to the poor is ultimately a public sector issue, as the possible costs outweigh the benefits.

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